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Functional limitation reporting
SCAPTA
We are one month into the mandatory functional limitation reporting for Medicare. Hopefully all therapists have systems and processes in place to make sure that they are complying with this new regulation; however, we have heard that there are still many therapists that are unaware of this rule. If you talk to your colleagues in other practices, make sure they are aware of the new rule.
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NSC 2013: Registration is open
APTA
APTA's annual National Student Conclave will be held Oct. 24-26, in Louisville, Ky. Program directors and faculty who accompany their students will receive a discounted registration rate. Check back often for details and be a part of this year's experience. If you are interested in exhibiting, contact Sarah Driver. Please help promote NSC in your component newsletter, your website and through your social networking sites. Contact Michelle Lovejoy for assistance. If you have any other questions, please contact Lisa McLaughlin.
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New and updated resources on functional limitation reporting under Medicare
PT in Motion
FAQ updates and new podcasts offer members the latest information on issues most top-of-mind related to functional limitation reporting. The FAQ lists on APTA's FLR webpage now reflect items from recent call-in discussions. In addition, three new podcasts address hot topics within functional limitation reporting: the involvement of physical therapist assistants in FLR, reporting on patients in "observation status," and reporting on patients with multiple diagnoses and plans of care.
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SCAPTA Lower Coastal District meeting
SCAPTA
When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

Where: TCL Health Science Building, 921 Ribaut Rd., Beaufort, S.C.

Speaker: Scott Webb, CO

Topics: Prosthetics and orthotics update

CEUs: 0.1 awarded to all attendees

Questions? Contact Cindy Buchanan at 843-525-8230



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Functional limitation reporting
SCAPTA
We are one month into the mandatory functional limitation reporting for Medicare. Hopefully all therapists have systems and processes in place to make sure that they are complying with this new regulation; however, we have heard that there are still many therapists that are unaware of this rule. If you talk to your colleagues in other practices, make sure they are aware of the new rule.

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Sports physical therapy: 5 things to look for in runners
PutMeBackTogether.com
Erson Religioso writes, "Running is one sport that arguable needs more symmetry than most. I tell my runners it's because you're doing the same thing over and over for 1,000s of steps until you stop. Here are five things I learned to look in sports athletes for physical therapy like runners during the past few years practice."

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New iPhone app helps clinicians manage fall risk in patients
Evidence in Motion
A new Apple iOS application, developed through a partnership between Evidence In Motion and Shubert Consulting, will help physical therapists in identifying and managing patients who are at high risk of falling and educating older adults on preventative actions. It uses the most current evidence-based tools to mitigate and manage each patient's risk and is designed to guide a physical therapist through a simple but effective fall risk screen.

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Upstate District SCAPTA meeting
SCAPTA
Our next Upstate District SCAPTA meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Village at Pelham, Medical Office Building Community Room. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Our speaker is Dr. Rhonda Baires Felder and the topic is "The Use of Motivational Interviewing in Physical Therapy Practice to Improve Patient Compliance to Physical Activity Recommendations." Our sponsor for the evening is Sheila McCullough-Burgess with Fleet Feet. Mark your calendars. We will request RSVPs closer to the date.


Act now and meet with your senator or congressperson
SCAPTA
Capitol Hill shuts down for the month of August. Our elected officials return home to their districts to meet and greet constituents and get back in touch with the citizens that they serve. Most Representatives and Senators will hold some sort of town hall meeting or have office hours in which you and some of your fellow PT/PTA/students can meet and talk about anything from the weather to the issues that face the physical therapy profession.
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HR 2914: Tackling in-office ancillary service exceptions and referral for profit
SCAPTA
The issue of self-referral has been stirring up debate among specialty groups for 20 years. It is an extremely controversial issue and your help will be essential to end this abuse of Medicare and patients. The original intent of the In-Office Ancillary Services Exception to the self-referral law was patient convenience. While the intentions were good, the exception was meant to be for same-day service procedures like x-rays and blood draws. We now see that these exceptions lead to abuse. The exclusion of physical therapy from the IOASE is the best way to end these incentives and ensure patients are referred to the best and most qualified provider. On Aug. 1 Rep. Jackie Speier introduced legislation that eliminates physical therapy from the IOASE.
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Gaming the system and other FLR no-nos
By Erica Cohen
We all know functional limitation reporting, or FLR, means more work for basically the same reward. And that can be a hard pill to swallow for many therapists who are already stretched thin as a result of increasing caseloads and increasingly stringent documentation requirements. Even so, taking the low road and gaming the system — and thus, this profession — is not the answer.
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Perfecting the juggling act
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Healthcare executives realize that work-life balance isn't just a buzz phrase; rather it's integral to employees' happiness and success. From free massages to grants for homebuyers to on-site care for elderly parents, in today's competitive market, hospitals are taking employee benefits past the standard vacation days and 401(k)s to create environments that foster a sense of stability, wellness and community. Let's look at two facilities on opposite coasts that are implementing innovative ways to help employees juggle their multiple responsibilities.
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The rise of robotics for physical therapy
The Wall Street Journal
A person who has suffered from a stroke or spinal-cord injury might need to use crutches or a wheelchair as they gradually regain lost motion through physical therapy. But these patients could see drastically different effects strapping on a robotic bodysuit or a bionic limb and walking around like Iron Man as they heal. And such digital hardware has the potential to make them recover faster, as well. This is the thinking at several privately held medical robotics companies, several of whom are planning major roll-outs of the technology to thousands of rehabilitation clinics nationwide and even the home.
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Is it good posture? Thoughts of a physical therapist
PutMeBackTogether.com
Aiming for good posture is what we often hear from doctors, physical therapists, teachers and parents. How exactly does posture affect us and our everyday living? Posture is one of the cornerstones of treatment of musculoskeletal disorders for as long as anyone can remember. It is a household name, one in which all patients have heard of to assist in self-treatment. It is on the same playing ground as ice for an acute injury.
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